The club met and voted and decided to remove the baskets from crestview until an agrement with the city can be made. Below is a copy of the letter sent to the parks and rec department.
July 13, 2006
City of Topeka
Parks and Recreation
215 SE 7th St
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Disc golf has existed at Crestview Park since 1978. What started out as a basic nine hole course with natural tee pads, has been continuously upgraded to keep up with the current disc technology and participant safety. All of which has been completed, over the last 18 years, through the generosity and time of the Dawn to Dusk Disc Club. The original baskets were either replaced or retrofitted to current specifications and nine more baskets were added to the course. Not to mention the ones that have been stolen over the past few years, the rising popularity of the sport seems to have its' price.
Disc golf is enjoyed by many year round, during the warmer months of the year there are scores of players each day. You see young parents with strollers, groups of kids, seniors and couples alike that enjoy this life time sport that requires little investment nor an extended length of time to enjoy.
The club is grateful for the Parks & Recs' frequent mowing of the course,
It greatly adds to the playability, enjoyment and overall beauty of such a wonderful park. However, it is frustrating to look at other improvements that have occurred over the years costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for things such as skate parks and play equipment that typically has much less public usage.
The Dawn to Dusk Disc Golf Club has financed the materials and equipment to make the sport possible at Crestview Park. The club has purchased baskets, tee signs, benches, notice board, and tee pads. From 1978 to the present, DDDC club members have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours volunteer time to establish and maintain the park; however, the equipment at the Crestview is now in disrepair and in need of replacement.
This last event has finally prompted the club to request the City to commitment to keeping Crestview Park as viable disc golf location. Last Monday, another basket was stolen from the course. This marks the second basket theft in two years. Disc golf baskets are expensive, costing almost $400 per basket. The earlier basket theft was replaced with a loaner from a club member; this recourse is no longer available to the club. In addition, the club’s general fund cannot afford to replace the basket. As a related problem, the manufacturers of the existing baskets have long since gone out of business, so we are unable to obtain matching equipment. As a consequence, the club has removed the baskets from Crestview until we can resolve these financial and security issues.
We would like to work with the City to forge a formal plan to renovate the course. The equipment and materials replacement needs follow:
1. New baskets for Crestview - Eighteen (18) new baskets can be purchased from Innova Disc sports for approximately $6,000.
2. New locking sleeves for Crestview - New sleeves and locks can be purchased for under $1,000.
3. New concrete tee pads for Crestview -Estimated cost of $1,500, depending on the City's ability to achieve economies
4. New Tee signs for Crestview - New tee signs can be purchased for under $1,500.
The Dawn to Dusk Disc Golf Club is willing to help with as much of the expenses as possible, although our general fund is only $700 at present. The club will supply all the labor to install the course equipment, including digging holes for the new sleeves, securing them with concrete, assembling and installing the new baskets, and building forms and smoothing tee pads.
It does not seem unreasonable to ask the City to assist with improvements that keep the park safe and give children and adults an activity to do outdoors.
Dawn to Dusk Disc Golf Club